Traffic group takes petition over speed limits to mayor’s office


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The traffic advocacy group formerly known as WiseUpWinnipeg brought a petition to city hall, demanding changes to the city’s speed limits.

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This article was published 26/08/2015 (2720 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

The traffic advocacy group formerly known as WiseUpWinnipeg brought a petition to city hall, demanding changes to the city’s speed limits.

The group – now calling itself FedUpWinnipeg – has an online petition with more than 1,800 signatures and is calling on Mayor Brian Bowman to: authorize an administrative review of street speed limits; place speed limit signs before all photo radar camera locations; return speed limit signs that have been removed from boulevards; place speed limit signs on both sides of all divided and one-way roads.

“No more should good drivers lose their pay cheques to illicit enforcement,” Todd Dube, head of the group, said during a noon-hour news conference outside city hall. “This dangerous misengineering is going to end. It just can’t be tolerated any longer.”

Following the news conference, Dube and about a dozen supporters walked into council chambers building and up to Bowman’s second-floor office. Bowman was out at the time but Dube left the petition.

Dube said he’s calling on Winnipeggers to participate in an act of civil disobedience to pressure the civic and provincial governments to make the changes – pleading not guilty to all speeding violations, thus worsening the court backlog.

“At this stage of the game, civil disobedience is the only thing we have left,” Dube said. “It’s time that the facts be respected.”

WiseUpWinnipeg has advocated a review of the city’s speed limits and police enforcement practices for several years, alleging that city officials and police have tricked motorists into speeding as a means of generating revenue for city hall.

One of the group’s favourite targets is the stretch of Grant Avenue posted at 50 km/h – the group said traffic engineering standards indicate the speed should be 60 km/h and speed limit signs are improperly posted.

The group tried to make speed enforcement an issue during last year’s civic election campaign. While their position was endorsed by mayoralty candidates Gord Steeves, Robert Falcon Ouellette and David Sanders, Bowman did not join them.

Dube said Bowman has refused to accept the body of evidence he has collected, adding he hopes the petition will persuade him to reconsider.

The group said Winnipeg is alone of major cities in North America that has a four-second amber light on 80 kph roadways. Dube said it’s deliberately timed to be short to catch motorists driving through red lights, adding it’s also a safety hazard.


Updated on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 1:50 PM CDT: Updates with full writethru

Updated on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 2:27 PM CDT: Fixed typo in lead paragraph.

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